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The House of Hidden Mothers


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MEERA SYAL, a British-born Indian, is a writer and actress. Her first novel, Anita and Me, won a Betty Trask award and was short-listed for the Guardian Fiction Prize. She lives in London.


"Passionate and opinionated . . . This book is bound to delight many readers."--The Sunday Times (London)"Beneath the pacey narrative and emotional journeys thrum observations about youth and age, East and West, wealth and poverty, love and sex, pain, [and] joy. . . . A delicately written, profound study of the female condition in the rich world and the poor. The gifted Syal does it again."--Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, The Independent (London)"Sprawling, humorous, and sensitive."--Metro (London)"For sheer scope and ambition [Syal] makes Dickens and Tolstoy seem single-minded."--Susan Elkin, The Independent (London)"[A] rambunctious, confrontational and ultimately heartbreaking book."--Alfred Hickling, The Guardian (London)"Ambitious."--Publishers Weekly

"Syal so skillfully uses this bicultural cast of characters to explore the dramatic complexities of transnational surrogacy. The many themes of this novel, including generational conflicts, cultural myopia, economic privilege, and gender politics, give readers plenty to think about. . . . A well-paced, enjoyable read."--Kirkus Reviews

"With an absorbing modern family saga story line and sympathetic, compelling characters, Syal's novel trains a personal lens on ethical issues surrounding surrogacy and women's rights."--Sonia Reppe, Library Journal

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